From presents to outfits and petrol, how to keep down the cost when pals get married — plus win £50k in the Sun Raffle

IT is not just the bride and groom who can feel the stress of a wedding.

Being a guest can take its toll — and cost a packet, too. A survey by One4All gift cards shows the average person spends around £391 on attending their mates’ nuptials.

Here’s how you can keep down the cost of being a wedding guest
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But I think I can trim the cost of your wedding trip . . .

DRESSING UP: Head to the clearance section on to find a Lipsy dress. I like the lace blue number, currently down to £38 from £85. For men, get the navy Marzotto suit for £86, instead of £199.

SAVING: up to £113 on the suit

ROAD TRIP: Most of us will end up driving to the venue — and that can cost big in fuel. Plan your route around the cheapest petrol stations (see and take advantage of Tesco’s 10p off per litre of fuel (until August 25) when you spend £60 or more in store.

If you have to book the train and have missed the best advance fares, check the individual operator websites for discounts or opportunities to collect loyalty points. South Western Railway allows you to collect Nectar points.

SAVING: 10p per litre of fuel

BED DOWN: Save up to 20 per cent on rooms at Jurys Inn hotels until March 21, 2020. You can get a Friday night stay in Aberdeen for £60 per night.

Another idea is to make the most of our Sun Hols From £9.50. Pick a park near the wedding venue and nab yourself a bargain break. There’s another chance to collect from Saturday.

SAVING: 20 per cent off rooms

GIVE A LITTLE: According to wedding specialist, the average price of a present is £50-£75.

But don’t feel the pressure to spend what you can’t afford. A well put-together box or hamper made up of luxury Aldi jams and chocs or Lidl wine can be a lovely gift — and you can do that for around £10. has personalised pint glasses and mugs for around £9.99, but Card Factory wins. Get a pair of Mr and Mrs mugs for £5.99.

SAVING: £4 at Card Factory

Deal of the day

Get Aldi’s hamper for newborns for just £39.99

ALDI’S big baby-and-toddler event starts online TODAY. Get a hamper for newborns – including a blanket, book, bibs, sleepsuits and two soothers in a wicker basket – for just £39.99.

Top swap

This Surf laundry powder for 80 washes is £8 at Tesco
Get Iceland’s Easy Tiger Lily & Lotus version for £6 instead

BUY Iceland’s Easy Tiger Lily & Lotus flower laundry powder, £6 for 100 washes, not Surf, £8 for 80 washes at Tesco.

Reader’s saving tip

LINDA SHEPHERD of Sawbridgeworth, Herts, says: “Add a few drops of dishwasher rinse-aid to water when washing windows and it will leave them sparkling. It’s cheaper than a window cleaner!”

  • Send your hints to and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is published. Please include your name and town.

Cheap treat

A 500ml tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is now £2.75 at Sainsbury’s

TREAT yourself to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The 500ml tubs are now just £2.75, down from £4 at Sainsbury’s.

SAVE: £1.25

Hot right now

SUMMER is not over yet.

Kit out your garden for less with The Range’s furniture sale, up to 80 per cent off.

Shop & save

Save £50 on Morphy Richards’ Supervac Sleek Pro cordless vacuum cleaner

CLEAN up with Morphy Richards’ Supervac Sleek Pro cordless vacuum cleaner. Now just £79 at Previously £129.

SAVE: £50

My Sun Savers fiver

CHINTU SHAH of Rugby, Warks, says: “I cashed out my Sun Savers Fivers and am putting the money towards my son’s new school uniform.”

  • Send your Savers fiver stories to and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is published. Please include your name and town.

Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £50k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.

Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle
Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £50k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

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